Record World, Vol. 37 No. 1729, September 13, 1980

Posted on 1st May 2018 in "Times Square"

Back cover of Record World Vol. 37 No. 1729, September 13, 1980, p. 126.  Text:  JUST RELEASED The Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture TIMES  SQUARE A Robert Stigwood Production A 2-RECORD SET Featuring Music by... SUZI QUATRO, THE PRETENDERS, ROXY MUSIC, GARY NUMAN, MARCY LEVY & ROBIN GIBB, TALKING HEADS, JOE JACKSON, XTC, THE RAMONES, ROBIN JOHNSON & TRINI ALVARADO, THE RUTS, D.L. BYRON, LOU REED, DESMOND CHILD & ROUGE, GARLAND JEFFREYS, THE CURE, PATTI SMITH GROUP, DAVID JOHANSEN RS-4-4203 INCLUDES THE FIRST SINGLE: "Rock Hard" by Suzi Quatro DL-104 RSO Records, Inc. ® ©1980 RSO Records, Inc.










Most of the “new” items that turn up now are variations of things we’ve already seen. This Times Square soundtrack ad is identical to the ones shown here, but unlike those two it’s still attached to the magazine it was published in. It’s page 126, the back cover, of Record World Vol. 37 No. 1729 from September 13, 1980, a recording industry trade publication, which also has an announcement of the soundtrack on the front cover…



… and coverage of the soundtrack’s announcement at 1980’s RSO Convention, featuring an appearance by Suzi Quatro.

The most intriguing thing in the article, however, is this:

A forty-minute video presentation highlighting key scenes and music from the motion picture was shown.

There was a promotional video nearly half the length of the entire film!

This was published a month before the movie’s premiere, and only says the event happened “recently.” The five-and-a-half minute in-store soundtrack promo video contains many brief tantalizing clips of footage not in the movie… who knows what lost footage might have appeared in the RSO Convention promo video!



“Hits of the Week -Albums – “TIMES SQUARE” (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).” (article, AAT ID: 300048715)
“‘Times Square,’ ‘Shogun’ Soundtracks Previewed at RSO National Convention” (article, AAT ID: 300048715)
[Just released – the original soundtrack from the motion picture Times Square] (advertisement, AAT ID: 300193993)
Record World, Vol. 37, No. 1729, September 13, 1980, pp. 1, 9, 118, 126 (magazine (periodical), AAT ID: 300215389)
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Times Square ©1980 StudioCanal/Canal+


Singles Going Steady

Posted on 17th September 2015 in "Times Square"

The singles from the soundtrack started coming out before the album, which came out before the film. It was here that I realized collecting everything to do with Times Square would be hideously expensive, so since my focus was Robin Johnson, items connected to the movie but which didn’t have a picture of her or mention her name were beyond my purview. Therefore, I don’t have all the soundtrack tie-in singles, and some of these will be images from elsewhere on the Web.

The first single released was Suzi Quatro’s “Rock Hard.”

This may not have been the one, but it’s the one I couldn’t help myself from getting, coming as it did with the photo and bio. The front and back of the sleeve are nearly identical, and although it clearly states that the b-side is “State of Mind,” the b-side is really a monaural version of “Rock Hard.” The non-promotional editions of this single were released world-wide and all of them were slightly different, but they nearly all featured a color version of the black-and-white photo, and actually had “State of Mind” on the flip side.

The “Help Me!” single was one of the only two to feature an image of Robin and Trini on the sleeve. It’s a collage of the two photos used on the inner sleeves of the soundtrack album.

This is an Italian pressing. The sleeve’s front and back are nearly identical, and the b-side features an instrumental version of the song, which is just as exciting as you think. That does, however, make it the only single to feature a relevant non-album track.

The first Japanese pressing of Roxy Music’s “Same Old Scene” is the other single to feature an image of the girls. This photo appears on the inside of the soundtrack gatefold; if this single came out before the album, it may be its first appearance.

Times Square is only mentioned at the top of both sides of the insert (the actual sleeve features a world map of the vast Polydor Empire): 東宝東和配給EMI映画「タイムズ•スクェア」オリジナル•サウンドトラック / Tōhōtōwa haikyū EMI eiga `Taimuzu• suku~ea’ orijinaru• saundotorakku / Toho Towa distribution EMI movie “Times • Square” Original • Sound Track — thank you Google Translate. Google Translate doesn’t do nearly as good a job when it comes to full sentences in Japanese, but the essay on the back doesn’t appear to mention Times Square at all. It seems to be a biography of Roxy Music, extolling the band’s influence on the New Wave scene, and heralding this single and the Flesh and Blood album as a triumphant comeback which will ensure that Roxy Music will live forever.

“Take This Town” by XTC, split with “Babylon’s Burning” by The Ruts, features a shot of 2 Times Square, similar but not identical to the one on the outside of the Press Folder. On the front it’s been colored to match the inner sleeves of the album, and there’s a tiny Times Square logo at the bottom.


And, finally, The Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated” was re-released in a combined Sire-RSO edition, and the Spanish pressing at least had a design matching the soundtrack album, using part of the pixellated image from the inside of the album gatefold and the bottoms of the promotional posters."I Wanna Be Sedated" 1980 "Times Square" tie-in single picture sleeve
“I Wanna Be Sedated” was two years old. The b-side of this single, “The Return of Jackie and Judy,” was taken from the Ramones’ then-current album, the Phil Spector-produced End of the Century, and now that I think of it, would have made a good thematic fit with Times Square.

And, I think those all the singles released from the soundtrack, if not nearly all the variant versions, especially of “Rock Hard.” Let me know if I’m wrong, and if you want to translate the back of the “Same Old Scene” insert into English.



Suzi Quatro “Rock Hard” promo pack, consisting of 45 rpm record with picture sleeve, black and white photo, biographical page. 1980. DL-104 ©℗ 1980 DREAMLAND RECORDS, INC. (work)
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Suzi Quatro “Rock Hard” UK edition, 1980: $_57.JPG, back.JPG, side a.JPG, side b.JPG (images retrieved 16 June 2015 from, URL not recorded)
Suzi Quatro “Rock Hard” Portugal edition, 1980: 7-SUZI-QUATRO-ROCK-HARD-STATE-OF-MIND-MADE-IN-PORTUGAL-1980-TIMES-SQUARE-FILM.JPG (image retrieved 17 August 2014 from, URL not recorded)
Suzi Quatro “Rock Hard” promotional 12″ single, Dreamland DPR 1204 1980: $(KGrHqNHJBUE9qBBhPokBPe7UocIrw~~60_57.JPG (image by “sugor,” retrieved 4 April 2012 from, URL not recorded)
Marcy Levy and Robin Gibb “Help Me!” b/w “Help Me! (Instrumental Version)”, 45 rpm record with picture sleeve, Italy, 1980. ℗ YAM, Inc. © 1980 Butterfly NV / ©1980 YAM, INC. (work)
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Roxy Music “The Same Old Scene” b/w “My Only Love”, 45 rpm record with picture sleeve and color insert, Japan, 1980 (work);
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XTC “Take This Town” b/w The Ruts “Babylon’s Burning”, UK, 1980: R-749843-1154961690.jpeg.jpg, R-749843-1154961696.jpeg.jpg (images retrieved 2 August 2015 from XTC / Ruts* – Take This Town / Babylon’s Burning (Vinyl) at Discogs)
Ramones “I Wanna Be Sedated”, Spain, 1980: $_12_undistorted.jpg (original image $_12.JPG by “virgitrout,” retrieved 23 March 2015 from; lens distortion corrected and file renamed 2 August 2015)